London 2012 Olympic swimming: Michael Jamieson eyes more medals
GB's 200m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson will take great confidence from his London 2012 experience
Olympic silver medallist swimmer Michael Jamieson is convinced he has what it takes to become a record breaker.
The Scot claimed a shock second place in the 200m breaststroke in London, only missing out on gold thanks to a world-record swim by Hungarian Daniel Gyurta.
Although many were tipping a successful Games in the pool for Team GB, Glasgow-born Jamieson admits he was only “an outside bet at best” for a medal.
But a stunning swim in his semi-final increased expectancy and he swam 2.07.43 minutes in the final – a fraction behind Gyurta’s new record of 2.07.28 minutes, at the Aquatics Centre.
“I thought I was capable of posting a time that would be in and around a medal, but to go 2:07 was a great surprise,” said the 24-year-old.
“I’m not sure I really believed I could win the final until about 25m to go.
“Gyurta is a fantastic swimmer and was the overwhelming favourite coming into the event. He has been challenging that world record all year.
“He is double world champion as well, so I am delighted I managed to run him so close.
“It gives me a lot of confidence for the coming seasons. I still believe there is room for improvement and I think I will change my goals now.
“Getting that world record now becomes a realistic target. Getting so close to it was fantastic but I look upon it as a silver won rather than a gold lost, definitely.”
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